February 2019, In My Reading Log

2019-02-08T11:58:51-05:00

In which I discuss recent reading which deserves particular attention: two novels, spanning an African immigrant’s contemporary experience in London and a trio of English sisters’ experience of the interwar years, and a graphic memoir spanning a young boy’s experiences in Syria, France and Libya. In Harare North (2009), Brian

February 2019, In My Reading Log2019-02-08T11:58:51-05:00

Dewey’s Read-a-thon: October 2018

2018-10-21T08:44:03-05:00

Updates to this post will appear here throughout the first several hours of the RAT. Then, in the evening I’ll be attending a bookish event, so I’ll be reading on the subway before and then being bookish elsewhere. On Sunday, I'll total my pages and enumerate the snacks that

Dewey’s Read-a-thon: October 20182018-10-21T08:44:03-05:00

Spring 2018, In My Reading Log

2018-06-05T10:29:52-05:00

Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008) I thought the footnotes would make it fun (like in a Steven Haywood short story); I was more focussed on the ‘wondrous’ than the warning of brevity. In fact, Oscar’s life emerges from dictatorship and constricted choices, and you

Spring 2018, In My Reading Log2018-06-05T10:29:52-05:00

Such a Lovely Little War: A Memoir

2017-09-14T13:06:34-05:00

A child's experience of war is strangely pure and slanted. The impact is wholly dramatic at times. Its inconsequence just as overwhelming at other times. Sharing his experiences growing up in a French-Vietnamese family in Saigon, between 1961 and 1963, Marcelino Truong's graphic memoir is vibrant and informative. Some

Such a Lovely Little War: A Memoir2017-09-14T13:06:34-05:00

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all

2017-07-25T11:21:48-05:00

Rereading the Saga comics is definitely worthwhile. On first-reading, I was a little off-kilter, so engrossed in some panels that I missed others completely, only occasionally remembering to retrace my steps. Discovering wings or horns on characters who appeared humanoid at first glance was delightfully but consistently distracting. Readers are aware

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all2017-07-25T11:21:48-05:00